For us, sustainability is essential for the longevity of the business, and with the desire of changing the agricultural practices and understanding that the soil is a precious good, we invested more and more in a new form of thinking agriculture, researching new alternatives and technologies that could regenerate the life in the soil and enhance the techniques that have been developed up to today. Then, we noticed it was possible to apply regenerative practices in large scale agriculture, operating in a conscious way, thinking about the future generations and with environmental responsibility.
The Regenerative Agriculture is a set of actions which allow the recovery of life in the soil, improves its physical-chemical and biological properties, increasing biodiversity, giving this way conditions for it to work in favor of the development of culture and promote healthier plants. Its objective is enabling a more resilient ecosystem, with less vulnerable plants to plagues, diseases, climate variations and farmlands as productive as or more productive than in conventional agriculture.
To reach these objectives, Scheffer’s Regenerative Agriculture has as a line of operation: the use of natural or less harmful fertilizers to the soil biota, the reduction of the use of chemical defensive, incrementing with the use of biological defensive agents for the control of plagues and diseases (living beings), carrying out direct planting, covering the soil with haystack, promoting the soil decompression and adopting composting techniques.
We are the first company in the Brazilian agribusiness to be awarded the Program regenagri* certification. The pioneer production unit which achieved this certification was the Três Lagoas in Sapezal, where six years ago the project started.
The success of these techniques and of the bio-solutions developed and implanted are already seen in specific plots in the Três Lagoas farm: with the recovery of the microbiology of the soil, the emergence of many benefic insects, the return of natural enemies, worms and fungus of the soil; and in the reduction of the application of chemical products in the farmlands of soybean and cotton -53% and 34% respectively in the harvest of 2019/2020, keeping productivity.
From this model of agriculture, we see that our future in the production of fibers and grains needs to be more and more sustainable. For this reason, we keep the focus in studies and research that allow the technical and economic means of biological alternatives. Everything to reach the balance in the environmental, financial and social sectors.
This is only the beginning, Scheffer has as an aim to transform all of its production so that it is within the framework of regenerative agriculture in some years. For that, we rely on a team of collaborators who perform exclusively to develop techniques and expand the regenerative agriculture to all the company’s production units.
* The program regenagri follows international criteria by Control Union certifier, which celebrated its centennial in 2020. Its objective is to implement and monitor good regenerative agricultural practices and this way increase the organic matter in the soil, the biodiversity, keep carbon and improve water management, assuring the health of the land and the care for those who live on it.